December 28th Bowl Scouting Guides

pinstripe_bowl_2014Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4) vs Northwestern Wildcats (6-6)
1:00 CST on ESPN

Pittsburgh Prospects
#4 QB Nate Peterman
#24 RB James Conner
#83 TE Scott Orndoff
#69 LT Adam Bisnowaty
#53 LG Dorian Johnson
#5 DE Ejuan Price
#47 LB Matt Galambos

Northwestern Prospects
#80 WR Austin Carr
#76 RT Eric Olson
#7 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
#1 LB Anthony Walker
#16 S Godwin Igwebuike

The Pinstripe Bowl brings us plenty of notable prospects and a couple of under the radar prospect battles. When Pittsburgh has the ball they’re going to want to pound the ball with power back James Conner and offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty and Dorian Johnson. Looking to stop the run with be LB Anthony Walker whose is a tremendous athlete who uses his speed and agility to chase down the ball. He’ll see plenty of Bisnowaty and Johnson getting to the second level but needs to show he can take on blocks and then tackle a big back like Conner. In the passing game

While the Panthers want to run their offense has be successful because quarterback Nate Peterman has done well throwing the ball. But to give him time Bisnowaty will have to control pass rushing specialist Ifeadi Odenigbo who finished with 10 sacks in a limited role. Odenigbo uses explosive burst to put tackles on their heels and then power to get them off balance. That will be easier said than done with Bisnowaty who has the lateral agility to cut off Odenigbo without having to bail. This should be a fun battle to watch on passing situations.

When Northwestern has the ball they’ll run their spread attack looking to spread out the defense and get the ball to breakout wide receiver Austin Carr and get running back Justin Jackson running without a loaded box. But the Wildcats must account for defensive end Ejuan Price whose explosiveness will allow him to get into the backfield to attack quarterback Clayton Thorson and make Jackson have to change directions.

indexWest Virginia Mountaineers (10-2) vs Miami Hurricanes (8-4)
4:30 CST on ESPN

West Virginia Prospects
#7 RB Rushel Shell
#1 WR Shelton Gibson
#6 WR Daikiel Shorts
#57 LG Adam Pankey
#65 C Tyler Orlosky
#97 DE Noble Nwachukwu
#13 CB Rasual Douglas

Miami Prospects
#15 QB Brad Kaaya
#3 WR Stacy Coley
#63 RG Danny Isidora
#29 CB Corn Elder
#26 CB Rayshawn Jenkins

This could be a fun game as the Mountaineers have played like the best team in the Big 12 while the Hurricanes looked like a different program under Mark Richt and could be poised for a big 2017. When Miami has the ball they run a balanced offense but it should be fun to watch junior quarterback Brad Kaaya (returning for SR year) continue to develop under Richt and throwing the ball to an underrated receiver in Stacy Coley. Coley is at his best when working downfield using his good body control to go up and win at the catch point. But he’ll have his work cut out for him facing off against Rasual Douglas who gets lost in a deep cornerback class.

While Coley vs Douglas is the top match up of this game when the Mountaineers have the ball we’ll see another recever vs cornerback match up as junior Shelton Gibson has burst onto the scene and he’ll be looking to prove his worth against the two talented Miami corners in Corn Elder and Rayshawn Jenkins.

A couple other names to keep an eye on this game are a pair of interior offensive lineman. Both West Virginia center Tyler Orlosky and Miami right guard Danny Isidora are not great athletes but thrive in a phone both using their superior strength to control defenders and open up running lanes. While West Virginia also brings in defensive end Noble Nwachukwu who has flashed speed and power but has been as consistent.

fosterfarmsbowlIndiana Hoosiers (6-6) vs Utah Utes (8-4)
7:30 CST on Fox

Indiana Prospects
#34 RB Devine Redding
#4 WR Ricky Jones
#87 WR Mitchell Paige
#67 RG Dan Feeney
#93 DE Ralphael Green

Utah Prospects
#28 RB Joseph Williams
#9 WR Tim Patrick
#16 Cory Butler-Byrd
#72 LT Garett Bolles
#54 LG Isaac Asiata
#49 DE Hunter Dimick
#50 DE Pita Taumoepenu
#93 DT Lowell Lotulelei
#29 CB Reginald Porter

Indiana doesn’t have the explosive offense of the past couple of years but they do want to run the ball with Devine Redding and have followed right guard Dan Feeney all year long. He’ll have his hands full with Lowell Lotulelei (younger brother of Panthers DT Star) who’s a stout run defender using his strength to hold the point of attack and a strong upper body to shed blocks. While Feeney isn’t a powerful drive blocker he uses leverage well to steer defenders and seal them off to open up running lanes. It will be fun to see these two go back and forth all game long.

While Feeney vs Lotulelei is a great bowl matchup, it’s Utah junior left tackle Garett Bolles who is the best prospect in this game and if he chooses to declare he should easily be the best tackle in the class. Bolles uses quick lateral agility to mirror defensive ends shutting down the best Pac 12 pass rushers. On the other side of the field the Utes also bring in one of of the best pass rushers in the nation in Hunter Dimick whose 14.5 sacks has him tied for first in all of college football.

texas-bowl-logoTexas A&M Aggies vs Kansas State Wildcats
8:00 CST on ESPN

Texas A&M Prospects
#2 WR Speedy Noil
#9 WR Ricky Seals-Jones
#11 WR Josh Reynolds
#65 LT Avery Gennesy
#15 DE Myles Garrett
#10 DE Daeshon Hall
#33 Shaan Washington
#23 FS Armani Watts
#14 SS Justin Evans

Kansas State Prospects
#6 WR Deante Burton
#75 DE Jordan Willis
#9 LB Elijah Lee
#52 LB Charmeachealle Moore
#22 SS Dante Barnett

Any time you are watching Texas A&M it’s a pleasure to watch Aggie defensive end Myles Garrett who is one a once in a generation type player and even better than Jadeveon Clowney was a couple of years back. Garrett is a complete defensive end and his powerful speed must be accounted for by the Wildcats, however they can’t focus solely on him or the Aggies “other” end Daeshon Hall will also make them pay. Hall isn’t the freak of an athlete that Garrett is, but he is big and fast and will be making plenty of money on Sundays in the future.

While Garrett and Hall get most of the attention on the Aggies defense they do have two very talented safeties in Armani Watts and Justin Evans. Watts has already stated he’s returning to school but senior Justin Evans is a highly coveted safety and whose explosive burst and above average speed has him as a top 50 prospect who could see his named called in the late first round.

On offense the Aggies have a set of talented receivers who all bring different skill sets to the table. Speedy Noil fits his name sake as the deep threat, while Josh Reynolds isn’t a burner but with long arms and a good leaping ability can be a quarterback’s best friend while Ricky Seals-Jones is a massive receiver tight end hybrid who uses a quick burst and his size to out man slot corners and linebackers controlling the middle of the field.

Texas A&M is loaded but the Wildcats have some talented prospects themselves mainly defensive end Jordan Willis. Willis isn’t the athlete that Garrett and Hall are but he does use his hands well to disengage from defenders to to get an edge to get to the quarterback. Linebackers Elijah Lee and Charmeachealle Moore are good athletes who can run down running backs and will be tested in coverage against the Aggie receivers. Dante Barnett is a typical strong safety and could see plenty of Ricky Seals-Jones throughout the game. A good game against him could help his draft stock and move him up into the fourth or fifth round area.

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